Originally Posted by thorn
But you would mostly still have windows, and no matter what your hardware is, windows can and usually does, screw it up. Hence, the reason guys like me (Tech support) have continuous employment, knowing Microsoft's moto should be: We will gladly screw it up today so your tech support can fix it tomorrow, again and again and again.
I strongly disagree with Doug that Apple was all marketing, while their products weren't ground breaking in terms of hardware or technology in general, they were that much better than anyone else's because they refused to let you screw it up. They knew users couldn't leave well enough alone so they made it a non-open source product that works well so you can experience the most important part of today's technology, the experience, not the hardware.
I guess I'm on the other side of the fence here. I actually prefer Windows for the reasons you just mentioned. Just like I prefer Gingerbread/Sense and other Android platforms because there is more freedom for the user without having to root/jailbreak the phone.
I can see where some people need to be protected from themselves so they don't screw something up, but I still don't see where that is worth the difference in price. And with Windows 7 now it's almost a self healing OS for common problems, it can troubleshoot and fix a lot of minor issues...but hey, when they can't figure something out it's good to have guys like you to call
Maybe I'm just frugal by nature and hate to overspend. Heck I didn't really like spending 1000 bucks on the Sony laptop I recently purchased.